Summary: i never usually write reviews, but when i do, its usually with underrated earphones/headphones, because i think they do deserve some justice.
just a background, i owned headphones/earphones like brainwavz, sennheisers, superluxes, beyerdynamics, etc. Some of them on come and go fashion, buy and sell. im no heavy audiophile, but i love listening to music in all aspects of genre.
i bought it because it was on sale.
Pros: accurate bass, soundstage, depth, versatile headphones, fun to hear
Cons: in line volume control useless, not exactly neutral
Summary: Hi Headfiers. Am a beginner headfier and this is my first review , so do take it with a grain of salt. The CitiScape Uptowns are my first pair of respectively good over ear headphones so I accept any criticism on my review. I bought These 3 years ago when they were released and am happy ever since. Am not a musician or anything like that , nor an audiophile so my use for these is casual listening to music.
Pros: Fun to listen to , value for money , best mids I've heard on the price range , comfy (can be worn all day ) , build quality is ok
Cons: No Detachable Cable , cable noise , mic is meh in line volume is annoying , not any accesories , build quality is ok
Summary: Build quality.
The earcup padding is exquisite with it's soft, smooth faux leather, as well as the beautifully padded headband. The model I bought for £49 off Amazon was the all black one without the volume control as I had demoed the silver one with the volume control and it had a channel imbalance, so I thought that the all black version would be a safe bet.
Summary: **Last Update: Sept 18, 2012**
The Uptown is the highest model in Philips' new CitiScape line of headphones. They come in black/brown or silver/brown, and are priced at $150 USD (street is/can be much lower). A few specs:
Impedance: 32 Ohm
Sensitivity: 103 dB
Max Power Input: 30mW
Cable Length: 1.2m (~4ft)
As you can see from the specs these should be pretty easy to drive, so an amp isn't required.
Pros: Sound (esp. bass and soundstage), extremely comfortable, looks nice
Cons: Cable could be better, inline remote is a problem, causes static and channel imbalance unless in a "sweet spot"
Summary: My Preference
The primary styles of music I enjoy are New Age, Classical, and Celtic. Essentially I would not be welcome in a conversation about Metal or Rock. I have few prejudices when it comes to music genres, and can listen to and enjoy many different kinds. The only kinds of music I am not fond of are ones with screamed vocals. that being said, on to the headphones:
At first glance, these are absolutely beautiful looking headphones.
Pros: Very comfortible with a fantastic build quality and good looks.
Summary: *Before reading, please know that I'm very new to Head-Fi and I've never written a serious review before. Thanks!
I bought these headphones after months of on and off research and consideration. I wanted a really high quality headphone that my iPhone and desktop computer could drive without the bass-heaviness of Beats by Dre (I listen to mostly rock of all types) and I didn't want to spend more than $175.
Summary: A friend of mine needed a new headphone, which was cheap, closed and good sounding. I said to him, dream on friend it will be very tough to find a headphone with those criteria.
But then after some browsing in the city, I stumbled upon the philips uptown. The first thing that struck me was the comfort. They feel much better than what you would expect for the price. I thought they felt better than the sennheiser momentum with those small ears.
Summary: Great sound isolation and exclusion of noise. One must thus be extra watchful for traffic or any approaching menace when one is enjoying the great sound out doors. I took a 6 km lunch walk today and enjoyed the beautiful music of The Walflowers, John Mayer, Jackson Brown, Pretenders and a duet between Neil Diamond and Babara Steisand with this uptown Philips. I am convinced these headphones are great with the pop and rock genre in great outdoors.
Pros: Audio quality, looks, and great for outdoors. Don't need an amplifier
Cons: Sliding volume control on the cable. Easy to over adjust and blast your ears. Prefer pinch type of control.
Summary: Amid the trouble with the volume control and the minor imbalance of the headphones left to right when the slide controls are fiddled with (I'd just leave the volume slide at one position and not use it at all), the sound quality is immense. Very impressive. For a classical music listener these neutral and responsive headphones are refreshing, considering the majority of headphones (generalizing here ) are now made with heavy bass bias and a poor performance from mid-high...